Hector Elizondo


Date Of Birth

December 22, 1936


Award-winning actor Hector Elizondo was born on December 22, 1936 in New York City. Born to parents who immigrated from Puerto Rico, he discovered his talent in sports and music at a young age. After a stint with the Frank Murray Boys’ Choir, he entered High School of Performing Arts, and at the same time entered a regular public high school to cultivate his abilities in basketball and baseball. His talents in the latter was notably noticed, and he was scouted by both the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Elizondo enrolled at the City College of New York in 1954, intending to eventually work as a history teacher. However, he dropped out of his freshman year, as he became a father; he decided to work full-time to support his family. After undergoing a divorce, and subsequently winning full custody of his son, he considered an acting career. He finally trained at the Ballet Dance Company at Carnegie Hall in 1962, and the following year, took parts in several off-Broadway roles. He then became renowned for his role in the play Steambath, where he played God disguised as a steam room attendant; he earned an Obie for the role.

Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, Elizondo also appeared in numerous films and television programs, some of which were a result of his friendship with fellow actor Garry Marshall. It was he, in fact, who insisted on Elizondo being given credit for his short role on Pretty Woman, which led to a Golden Globe nomination. It was only in 1997 when he was widely recognized for his acting, for his role as Dr. Phillip Watters in the medical drama Chicago Hope; it earned him an Emmy for best supporting actor.

Elizondo had some sort of resurgence into the 2000s, with recurring roles in several television shows—Miracles, Century City and Kate Brasher, among others—and in high-profiles movies, notably as head of security Joe in both The Princess Diaries films. He returned to regular television work in 2007, when he appeared as the family patriarch Pancho Duque on the short-lived drama Cane. The following year, he joined the cast of the comedy series Monk, taking over the role of therapist Neven Bell from Stanley Kamel, who suddenly passed away in April 2008. He has since appeared on the 2010 film Valentine’s Day, in addition to roles on American Dad and ABC’s Last Man Standing.

Place of Birth

New York

Birth Name

Hector Elizondo




ALMA: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for "Chicago Hope" 2000
ALMA: Outstanding Actor in Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series for "Borrowed Hearts" 1998
EMMY: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Chicago Hope 1997
OBIE: for his portrayal of God in "Steambath" 1971
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Temecula Valley International Film Festival 2006


2011: Last Man Standing (TV series) - Ed
2007-2011: Grey's Anatomy (TV series) - Carlos Torres
2010: Valentine's Day - Edgar
2010: Knight to D7 (short) - Grandpa Binks
2008-2009: Monk (TV series) - Dr. Neven Bell
2007: Cane (TV series) - Pancho Duque
2007: Love in the Time of Cholera - Don Leo
2007: Georgia Rule - Izzy
2007: Music Within - Dr. Padrow
2006: Avatar: The Last Airbender (TV series) - Wan Shi Tong
2006: The Celestine Prophecy - Cardinal Sebastian
2006: I-See-You.Com - Greg Rishwain
2004-2006: Justice League (TV series) - Lt. Kragger/Hath-Set
2006: Untitled Paul Reiser Project (TV movie) - Eddie
2004: Jack & Bobby (TV series) - Gerald Cruz
2004: The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement - Joe
2004: Century City (TV series) - Martin Constable
2004: Raising Helen - Mickey Massey
2001-2004: The American Experience (TV series documentary) - Narrator
2003: Miracles (TV series) - Father 'Poppi' Calero
2003: Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (video) - Bane
(voice) 2003: Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu (Video Game) - Bane (voice)
2003: Without a Trace (TV series) - Father Henry Stevens
2003: Frankie and Johnny Are Married - Hector Elizondo
2003: The Dating Experiment (TV series) - Narrator
2002-2003: Street Time (TV series) - Fariz Hammoud
2002: What's New, Scooby-Doo? (TV series) - Dr. Guitirrez
2002: The West Wing (TV series) - Dr. Dalton Millgate
2002: Fidel (TV movie) - Eddie Chibas
2001: How High - Bill the Crew Coach
2001: The Princess Diaries - Joe
2001: Tortilla Soup - Martin Naranjo
2001: Kate Brasher (TV series) - Joe Almeida
1994-2000: Chicago Hope (TV series) - Dr. Phillip Watters
1999: Runaway Bride - Fisher
1999: Entropy - The Chairman
1999: The Other Sister - Ernie
1998: Safe House - Dr. Simon
1998: Early Edition (TV series) - Dr. Philip Watters
1998: Stories from My Childhood (TV series)
1997: Borrowed Hearts (TV movie) - Javier Del Campo
1997: Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV series)
1997: Turbulence - Lt. Aldo Hines
1996: Dear God - Vladek Vidov
1996: Gargoyles (TV series) - Zafiro
1995: Jonny Quest Versus the Cyber Insects (TV movie) - Chief Atacama (voice)
1994-1995: Aladdin (TV series) - Malcho
1995: Batman (TV series) - Sheldon Fallbrook
1995: Perfect Alibi - Det. Ryker
1993-1995: Captain Planet and the Planeteers (TV series) - Bard/Ron/Shanoub
1994: Picket Fences (TV series) - Dr. Phillip Watters
1994: Exit to Eden - Dr. Martin Halifax
1994: Getting Even with Dad - Lt. Romayko
1994: Beverly Hills Cop III - Jon Flint
1994: Being Human - Dom Paulo
1994: Backstreet Justice - Steve Donovan
1993: Animaniacs (TV series) - Stradivarius
1993: Tales from the Crypt (TV series) - Leo Burns
1991-1993: The Pirates of Dark Water (TV series) - Ioz
1992: Samantha - Walter
1992: There Goes the Neighborhood - Norman Rutledge
1992: Mrs. Cage (TV movie) - Lt. Angel
1992: Fish Police (TV series) - Calamari
1992: The Burden of Proof (TV movie) - Alejandro 'Sandy' Stern
1991: Frankie and Johnny - Nick
1991: Necessary Roughness - Coach Ed Gennero
1991: Finding the Way Home (TV movie) - Ruben
1991: Chains of Gold - Lieutenant Ortega
1991: Final Approach - Dr. Dio Gottlieb
1990: Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty Files (TV movie) - Hasan Demir
1990: Dark Avenger (TV movie) - Captain David Strauss
1990: Taking Care of Business - Warden Toolman
1990: Pretty Woman - Barney Thompson
1990: Sparks: The Price of Passion (TV movie) - Vic Ramos
1989: Your Mother Wears Combat Boots (TV movie) - Sergeant Burke
1989: Leviathan - G. P. Cobb
1989: The Equalizer (TV series) - Ray Quintero
1989: Kojak: Ariana (TV movie) - Edson Saunders
1988: Beaches - Judge
1988: Addicted to His Love (TV movie) - Det. Currigan
1988: Astronomy (short) - r. Fisk
1987: Overboard - Garbage Scow Skipper
1987: Great Performances (TV series) - Morris King
1987: Down and Out in Beverly Hills (TV series) - Dave Whiteman
1987: Night Heat (TV series)
1986: Matlock (TV series) - Det. Joe Peters
1986: Amazing Stories (TV series) - Meadows
1986: Courage (TV movie) - Nick Miraldo
1986: Nothing in Common - Charlie Gargas
1985-1986: Foley Square (TV series) - D.A. Jesse Steinberg
1985: Out of the Darkness (TV movie) - Father George
1985: Murder: By Reason of Insanity (TV movie) - Ben Haggarty
1985: Private Resort - The Maestro
1984: The Flamingo Kid - Arthur Willis
1984: Hill Street Blues (TV series) - Inspector Joe Keenan
1984: a.k.a. Pablo (TV series) - Jose Sanchez/Shapiro
1983: Women of San Quentin (TV movie) - Capt. Mike Reyes
1983: Casablanca (TV series) - Captain Louis Renault
1983: Feel the Heat (TV series) - Monkey Moreno
1982: Honeyboy (TV movie) - Emilio Ramirez
1982: Young Doctors in Love - Angelo/Angela Bonafetti
1982: Bret Maverick (TV series) - Senor Gomez
1982: Medal of Honor Rag (TV movie)
1981: The Fan - Police Inspector Raphael Andrews
1981: Insight (TV series)
1980-1981: Freebie and the Bean (TV series) - Det. Sgt. Dan 'Bean' Delgado
1980: American Gigolo - Sunday
1979: Cuba - Capt. Raphael Ramirez
1978: The Eddie Capra Mysteries (TV series)
1975-1978: The Rockford Files (TV series) - Frank Falcone/John Micelli
1978: The Dain Curse (TV mini-series) - Ben Feeney
1977: Thieves - Man Below
1973-1976: Kojak (TV series) - Carl Dettrow/Detective Nick Ferro
1976: Wanted: The Sundance Woman (TV movie) - Pancho Villa
1975-1976: Popi (TV series) - Abraham Rodriguez
1976: Diary of the Dead - Stan
1975: Columbo (TV series) - Hassan Salah
1975: Baretta (TV series) - Jerry Damon
1975: Report to the Commissioner - Captain D'Angelo
1974: Maude (TV series) - Cop
1974: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three - Grey
1972: Stand Up and Be Counted - Lou Kellerman
1972: Pocket Money - Juan
1972: Deadhead Miles - Duke
1972: All in the Family (TV series) - Carlos Mendoza
1971: Born to Win - Vivian
1971: The Impatient Heart (TV movie) - Mr. Hernandez
1971: Valdez Is Coming - Mexican Rider
1970: The Landlord - Hector
1969: The Jackie Gleason Show (TV series) - Festival Del Toro 'Mayor'
1969: The Vixens - Inspector
1966-1967: The Edge of Night (TV series) - Vincento
1963: The Fat Black Pussycat





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